Los Angeles: The Swinging 60s photos (1960-1969)
Above: Downtown 1960.
In 1960, the Los Angeles County Medical Association set up a special drive-in clinic for people to receive a Salk polio shot without having to leave their car. This particular clinic was held at the Glendale Federal Savings and Loan Association at 401 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. The nurse was Ina Poole.
Photographer: Jon Woods / LAPL 00082889
Senator John F. Kennedy accepts the presidential nomination at the National Demographic Convention held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (3939 S. Figueroa St.) in July 1960. Afterwards, Kennedy held a meeting at the Biltmore Hotel, where a decision was made to add Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas as his running mate to shore up votes in the south.
Los Angeles Times reporter Jerry Burns uses a 1551-B Sound Level Meter to measure freeway noise on the 101 Fwy in 1960. (LAPL 00124589)
Two officials meeting in 1961 to discuss the conversion of the old Pacific Electric subway tunnel (under the terminal building) into an atomic bomb fallout shelter. (LAPL 00066981)
Pacific Electric car No. 1541 in 1961. The M & N Pipe Supply Company was located at 4700 East Long Beach Ave.
Casa de Petrol, in 1961, formerly located at 14325 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA (near the corner of Beverly Glen). This was where James Dean filled up his Porsche before later meeting his maker in a fatal car accident in 1955. It’s now a flower shop.
An unknown man battles a raging fire with a sprinkler hose in May of 1961. The fire, which erupted in the Griffith Park area, burned 1,200-acres (a 10-mile perimeter) and destroyed 24 homes and damaged over 80 others before it was contained. There were no major injuries. Among the mansions lost was one owned by Aldous Huxley. (Photographer: George Brich / LAPL 00114986)
La Cruz Street approaching Alma Real Drive in the Pacific Palisades, circa 1962.
A special late “shopping night” on Ventura Blvd., between Laurel Canyon and Fallbrook Ave. in 1962.
Photo: Jeff Goldwater / LAPL 00031133
Dodger Stadium. Bottom photo, c. 1962.
Mrs. Robert Sullivan sitting inside her flooded Sun Valley Home in 1962 after a heavy downpour. (Photographer: Alan Hyde / LAPL 00112352)
Wilshire Blvd approaching Westwood from around Veteran Avenue, circa 1964. The Linde Medical Plaza building, built in 1957, is in the distance. Architect: Paul Revere Williams. Today, it is the Westwood Medical Plaza Building.
Beverly Hills in 1964. Notice the old Robinson’s Department Store?
The La Brea Tar Pits in 1964. Construction of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is underway in the distance. Photographer: George Brich / 00122146.
The newly opened Los Angeles County Museum of Art, circa 1965.
The Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s Summer Sunday Drive-In Service at 11919 Oxnard Street. The drive-in service started around 1948 and was touted by the church as the first of its kind in the U.S. Over the span of a couple of decades, the service started at 8:15 a.m. The average number of attendees were around 200 with many children still clad in their pajamas and adults wearing casual clothes. Ushers would go from car-to-car with their offering baskets.
This photo was dated June 19, 1965. (LAPL 00082763)
In early June of 1965, a series of landslides wiped out three homes and eight apartment buildings in the Pacific Palisades. No earthquake or heavy rains were responsible for the damage. The ground simply gave out, possibly from an underground water stream.
Locals watched as apartments on Los Liones Street threaten to slide down the hill and damage the Lindomar Lodge at 17381 Sunset Blvd. (foreground).
The Lindomar was saved, but guests were asked to leave while the debris was removed.
Residents in the apartment buildings, meanwhile, were able to safely evacuate.
The landslide started around 4:00 a.m. with the cracking of timber and the shattering of windows. Between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., the ground slid approximately five feet per hour before slowing to about four inches per hour.
Photographer: Milton Martines / LAPL 00050134
A holiday traffic check by California Highway Patrol officers on Sunset Blvd. near Sunset Plaza in 1965. (LAPL 00044613)
Figueroa Street and Exposition Blvd. on a Saturday night in 1966, back when the city tried enforcing 9:00 p.m. curfews to curtail crime.
The 101 freeway in 1966. LAPL 00041134
“A hairy head is a happy head!”
Students fight for their right to wear longer hair at Palisades High School in 1966. I sure hope they won, because nobody likes hair loss. (LAPL 00041782)
Doesn’t it look like an action scene from a low-budget monster film?
Following nine days of heavy rain in February 1969, employees of a Los Angeles display fixture company placed its wet mannequins on the sidewalk outside to dry in the sun. The strange sight no doubt caused a few double-takes among people passing by.
Joe’s Adult Books in Lennox, CA, circa 1969.